Shirley Kennedy, Author

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Today the cover for my latest, River Queen Rose, is revealed. Of all my book covers, some good and some not so good, I can honestly say this one is the best I ever had. That’s the Sacramento River in the background, during the Gold Rush days. River Queen Rose will be released in December, but you can reserve a copy now.

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Good News! All three books in my Women of the West Series (Kensington Lyrical Press) are now on sale.

Book 1:  Wagon Train Cinderella, now 99¢

Book 2    Wagon train Sisters, now $1.99

Book 3     Gold Rush Bride, now 99¢

If you chose to buy, I hope you enjoy my series about the Old West, and of course honest reviews are always welcome.



Kensington Lyrical Press has just released GOLD RUSH BRIDE. Like my two previous books, WAGON TRAIN CINDERELLA  and WAGON TRAIN SISTERS, it takes place during the Gold Rush. Unlike the first two, Letty, my heroine, doesn't travel to California by wagon train. Instead, she undertakes a perilous journey across the Isthmus of Panama. Many gold seekers went that way, and when I read about the perils they faced, I had to write about it. Murderous natives--huge crocodiles--horrible food--poor Letty goes through a lot of trauma, but the man she thought she didn't like is there to help her! I hope you'll take a look.   Amazon

Wagon Train Sisters_Historical Romance

      If you like historical romances (and other genres, too) you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been publishing books since 1997 and invite you to take a look at About Shirley Kennedy, my bio page. Also, take  a look at my list of posts on the right, which I update occasionally with something hopefully sktestpithy. All my books are listed on my Amazon Web Page, including the Regency romances I wrote for Ballantine and Signet. But right now I want to tell you about my new series with Kensington Lyrical Press.  Are you looking for books full of authentic Old West history, feisty heroines and rugged heroes? Then  welcome to my Women of the West series, published by Kensington Lyrical Press. Book #2, Wagon Train Sisters poses the question:  what do you do when your sister disappears from your wagon train in the middle of the wilderness? Throw in a couple of rough-and-ready gold mining towns, a devilishly handsome hero, and Sarah, my heroine, who finds love, adventure, and goes through a lot of trauma to find the answer. Available July 19th:  Wagon Train Sisters

WTS Cover



Wagon Train Cinderella

Book #1 



Love can lead you out of the wilderness

Callie Whitaker is a mistreated stepdaughter who’s been made to feel inferior all her life. When her family takes a wagon train journey to California, Callie begins to realize she’s not the “Little Mouse” everyone said she was. Among others, rugged guide, Luke McGraw, makes her aware of the courage,  beauty, and intelligence she never knew she had–and in the process, falls in love.

From Goodreads: Ms Kennedy did such a wonderful job of making the story so realistic, that at times I felt like I was on that wagon train with Callie and her family. .

From Goodreads: There will be a lots of twist and turns in the good and bad in this read and the readers attention will be their front and center turning the pages to see what will be coming next in this enlightening as well as entertaining read.

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Other books I’ve written:  Heartbreak Trail is one of my best sellers. If you read the reviews on Amazon, you will see that while most readers liked the book, a few were offended by the sex and bad language.  (I used the F-wordheartbreak_trail, back exactly three times!) Anyway, just a warning. But if you enjoy a thoroughly  researched book with lots of action and an intriguing love story, you will like Heartbreak Trail.

Find it with both the good and the bad reviews at Amazon, Heartbreak Trail




The Last of Lady Lansdown is the First Place (GOLD) winner in the Romance category of the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards. It’s unlike my other Regencies because it’s longer and contains some steamy sex scenes you’d never find in one one lansdown_300of my sweet, traditionals. Find it at Amazon, Lady Lansdown.







Looking for Lucky is the story of a lost dog and a lot more. It’s definitely adult, with some bad language but no steamy sex scenes. It’s the book of my heart, and not at all what you would expect.

Looking for Lucky
Looking for Lucky

Reviews for this book, both on Goodreads & Amazon, have all been glowing. Nobody did not like this book! Take a look at Amazon, Looking for Lucky.







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